I smoked a V6 Camaro auto in high school with my 4speed '89 Nissan Sentra......a well driven POS manual can tear up a lot of automatics, at least until the 60-70mph area where raw engine power takes over.
Plus, a stock S-10 has, what, half the HP and torque of a WRX? Not to mention a slight aerodynamic disadvantage.....problem is idiots who aren't driving fast cars, nor know how to drive try to light drag. Some jackass tried to goad me into dragging when I had my Civic.....the dude was driving a SHO....and had his two freaking under 5 kids in the back seat......sorry, I'm not dragging a guy with kids in the back. Jackass still peeled out and tore down the street. Morons.